The most interesting case involved a guy named Leroy Rushing, who was convicted of helping to beat a friend to death (some friend!) with a baseball bat. Rushing said he just didn't have time to help the guy, either.
The District 1 Court of Appeals, in upholding Rushing's sentence, said the circuit court did not improperly inject religion into the case.
"It is clear that the circuit court’s statements were not directed at Rushing’s religious beliefs," the appeals panel opined in a decision released today. "Rather, they were directed at his incredible story of being in such a rush to get to church that he did not help an old friend who had been badly beaten."
Rushing didn't have a prayer with that one.
Gretchen Schuldt is executive director of the Wisconsin Justice Initiative.
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